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peeples
04-10-2011, 09:58 PM
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27486476/detail.html

Before leaving, Dill-Reese tasted the toddler’s drink and got a big surprise. Instead of apple juice, alcoholic margarita mix was in his cup. “The manager came up to me and he smelled it and he was like, ‘I am so sorry ma’am, I just don’t know what to do,’” said Dill-Reese.

mysticrose
04-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Hi peeples well it doesnt seem to be the first time this has happened. Here is a thread from 2007 where it happened before. Really maybe they should get a clue:

Toddler Served Margarita At Applebee's - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

peeples
04-10-2011, 10:10 PM
OMG once would be bad. but 2 times?? REALLY??

wfgodot
04-10-2011, 10:16 PM
Here's the earlier incident:

Applebees Serves Toddler Margarita In A Sippy Cup (http://consumerist.com/2007/06/applebees-serves-toddler-margarita-in-a-sippy-cup.html) (The Consumerist)

Tuffy
04-10-2011, 10:27 PM
Why after the first incident would they continue to store juice next to booze?

mommy23
04-11-2011, 10:17 AM
OMG, I thought for sure this was an old thread!!!! WOW, no excuse for this at all....

Melanie
04-11-2011, 10:27 AM
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27486476/detail.html

Before leaving, Dill-Reese tasted the toddler’s drink and got a big surprise. Instead of apple juice, alcoholic margarita mix was in his cup. “The manager came up to me and he smelled it and he was like, ‘I am so sorry ma’am, I just don’t know what to do,’” said Dill-Reese.

My answer would be - call the police please. It's illegal to serve alcohol to a minor, mistakenly or not. What a bunch of blippin <unusual people>.

There's a reason why toddlers are given toddler cups. How does such a cup get to a bar? My thought is this was INTENTIONAL!

I bet that <unusual> manager tried to hand out free coupons. Instead they should be handing over the deed to the restaurant. Children DIE from ingesting alcohol.

I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this one. And it's not that I don't like Applebee's - we eat there often.

MOO

Mel

ETA: Doctors told Dominic’s mother he could have died if he drank the entire cup. They believe he should be ok, but needs to be watched carefully.

I do believe the parents should get a HUGE settlement from this farce of a restaurant!

oh_gal
04-11-2011, 10:48 AM
Note to self:
1. Always bring my child's own beverage, in their own cup, from home. (I've never had a problem doing this in a restaurant.)
2. If I can't bring beverage from home, taste their drink before giving it to them.

jjenny
04-11-2011, 11:33 AM
It's not intentional. In a 2007 similar incident at another applebees, the restaurant kept margaritas and apple juice in similar jugs. Which presumably should have given the restaurant chain a clue that this was not a good idea.

raeann
04-11-2011, 01:01 PM
I have a much less dangerous but still a "warning" story about Applebees and kids cups. Years ago when my kids still ordered kids meals, I didn't usually allow them to get refills on either juice or sodas, when they finished their drink we just allowed them to have water in the cup rather than fill up on sweetened drinks. When the waitress didn't come by for awhile, I opened the lid of the drink cup to fill it from my water glass. I was shocked to find that the child's drink had been served in a DIRTY cup with crayon stains all over the inside. The server had dumped the crayons that kids used with their little color on menus at the table and used the cup to serve the drink. When asked about this......the answer was "We were out of kids cups and it was the only one we had left"!!!!!

peeples
04-11-2011, 01:09 PM
eeeeew

BetteDavisEyes
04-11-2011, 01:17 PM
A little OT, but this Applebee's is in the same general vicinity as the Chuck E. Cheese where a large group skipped out without paying not long ago.

Group Cheats Chuck E. Cheese - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

belimom
04-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Oh geez... :thud:


Wilson was immediately rushed to the hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.10, Dill-Reese said.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/11/michigan.toddler.alcohol/index.html?hpt=T2

tlcya
04-11-2011, 03:34 PM
Stop buying juice and margaritta mix that looks the same, problem solved. I get that you need to have juice behind the bar, but couldn't it be made a policy that they only keep juice in one of the refrigerated areas and booze in another seperate one? How hard is it to keep juice ancd alcohol and seperate areas?

Quiche
04-11-2011, 04:06 PM
Oh geez... :thud:

Oh my he!!, he's lucky to be alive! They better do something about that potential error, pronto. Unreal. :banghead:

mommy23
04-11-2011, 04:34 PM
I am still in shock that this has happened 2 times!!!!! You would think after the first incident, that Applebees would have made a new policy..... :twocents:

OrdinaryLife
04-12-2011, 08:14 PM
I have a much less dangerous but still a "warning" story about Applebees and kids cups. Years ago when my kids still ordered kids meals, I didn't usually allow them to get refills on either juice or sodas, when they finished their drink we just allowed them to have water in the cup rather than fill up on sweetened drinks. When the waitress didn't come by for awhile, I opened the lid of the drink cup to fill it from my water glass. I was shocked to find that the child's drink had been served in a DIRTY cup with crayon stains all over the inside. The server had dumped the crayons that kids used with their little color on menus at the table and used the cup to serve the drink. When asked about this......the answer was "We were out of kids cups and it was the only one we had left"!!!!!

I have no words that are politically correct that would define what I think of this server from hell. Un-freaking-believable....

OrdinaryLife
04-12-2011, 08:27 PM
It's not intentional. In a 2007 similar incident at another applebees, the restaurant kept margaritas and apple juice in similar jugs. Which presumably should have given the restaurant chain a clue that this was not a good idea.

It doesn't matter if it was unintentional. Those who are behind the bar and responsible for drinks should absolutely know the difference. Jug color or not. Heck, just the color of "juice" poured into a cup should have made them pause and think. Last time I saw apple juice vs margaritas "juice" they were shades apart.

Bartender screwed up royally.

Tinsamd
04-12-2011, 09:33 PM
They are changing their "policy"...

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/12/applebees-changes-policy-toddler-accidentally-served-alcohol/?test=latestnews



The Applebee’s restaurant chain is changing the way it serves juice after a 15-month-old boy was accidentally served alcohol at a Michigan location.

The restaurants now will use single-serve containers to pour juice for children, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Lil one is expected to be okay.

Thank god!!!!!

How idiotic can you get!?

My child would like an oj, or an apple juice please...

Sure thing, let me go put your order in with our bartender...

Really!?

BetteDavisEyes
04-13-2011, 11:01 PM
Applebee's Challenges Parents' Claims
POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
UPDATED: 9:40 pm EDT April 13, 2011

AP
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Applebee's is being sued after parents said one of the restaurant chain's Michigan locations served their 15-month-old son alcohol in a sippy cup.

However, the restaurant chain said the parents' claim about their child's alcohol consumption does not match that of a police report.

Applebee's said the level of alcohol in the drink listed on a police report does not match the child's blood alcohol level reported in the parents' lawsuit.

Police say the alcohol had come from a mislabeled bottle. Taylor Dill-Reese, Dominic Wilson and their son Dominic Jr. dined Friday at an Applebee's in Madison Heights, just north of Detroit.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27538785/detail.html

Angels_Not_Forgotten
04-14-2011, 10:57 AM
ok call me slow, what exactly is applebee's saying? that they didn't give the toddler alcohol or the parents are lying about how much was ingested? i'm completely confused. maybe i need more coffee.

BetteDavisEyes
04-14-2011, 11:07 AM
Updated: April 14. 2011 1:00AM .
Toddler's parents sue Applebee's chain
They say cocktail raised boy's blood-alcohol to .10; police say drink had 'trace' amountMike Martindale / The Detroit News

Pontiac— The parents of an Oak Park toddler who was accidentally served a margarita cocktail have sued the Applebee's restaurant chain.

The April 8 incident at an Applebee's in Madison Heights has attracted international attention and even been fodder for jokes by talk show host Jay Leno.

"The reason this has drawn so much attention is because not only is it so bizarre, but it came close to being something very, very serious, and a lot of people wonder if it could have happened to their child," said William Stern, the attorney who filed the suit Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of parents Taylor Dill-Reese and Dominic Wilson and their 15-month-old son, Dominic Wilson Jr.

The suit, assigned to Judge Nanci Grant, alleges the boy began acting strangely after receiving what was supposed to be apple juice in a sippy cup, ordered with a mini-burger and fries.

"His father was suspicious and took a drink and knew it was not apple juice," Stern said. "No one else was drinking at the table. They are underage. His mother is only 18 years old."

Stern said the boy experienced nausea and was taken to a hospital, where his blood-alcohol level registered .10. A driver with level .08 is considered intoxicated. Police said the cocktail came from a mislabeled bottle.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $25,000.

Applebee's has apologized and said it was tightening its policy on handling and dispensing drinks...

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METR...http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METRO/104140354/Toddler’s-parents-sue-Applebee’s-chain#ixzz1

There is a PDF of Police Report at the above link (it won't transfer via link).

BetteDavisEyes
04-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Here's the link to the PDF document of Police Report of the Applebee's incident:

http://download.gannett.edgesuite.net/detnews/2011/pdf/0413applebeesreport.pdf

chemcopout
04-14-2011, 08:14 PM
since this isn't the first time this is happened, i think it's a copycat done by the parents to get attention and sue.
it's a sippy cup!! how could an employee mess that up unless they are disgruntled? being they likely interviewed staff, i honestly doubt anyone would want to put alcohol in the baby's cup.

it's a hoax by the parents.

if your child has a sippy cup, then obviously the parents should "test" the drink first, it's just nature to test your childs drink, whether it be too hot, many reasons.

these parents didn't test their child's drink. which is odd, i would love to know if they normally do.

really, they probably did it themselves to sue.

Angels_Not_Forgotten
04-14-2011, 08:34 PM
chemcopout i don't think it's odd that they didn't taste the drink. I swear i've never thought to do that before! but what you say may be true. i'm just not going to jump on that blame train just yet. I mean, it HAS happened before, ya know?

bessie
04-14-2011, 11:00 PM
Updated: April 14. 2011 1:00AM .
Toddler's parents sue Applebee's chain
They say cocktail raised boy's blood-alcohol to .10; police say drink had 'trace' amountMike Martindale / The Detroit News

Pontiac— The parents of an Oak Park toddler who was accidentally served a margarita cocktail have sued the Applebee's restaurant chain.

The April 8 incident at an Applebee's in Madison Heights has attracted international attention and even been fodder for jokes by talk show host Jay Leno.

"The reason this has drawn so much attention is because not only is it so bizarre, but it came close to being something very, very serious, and a lot of people wonder if it could have happened to their child," said William Stern, the attorney who filed the suit Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of parents Taylor Dill-Reese and Dominic Wilson and their 15-month-old son, Dominic Wilson Jr.

The suit, assigned to Judge Nanci Grant, alleges the boy began acting strangely after receiving what was supposed to be apple juice in a sippy cup, ordered with a mini-burger and fries.

"His father was suspicious and took a drink and knew it was not apple juice," Stern said. "No one else was drinking at the table. They are underage. His mother is only 18 years old."

Stern said the boy experienced nausea and was taken to a hospital, where his blood-alcohol level registered .10. A driver with level .08 is considered intoxicated. Police said the cocktail came from a mislabeled bottle.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $25,000.

Applebee's has apologized and said it was tightening its policy on handling and dispensing drinks...

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METR...http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METRO/104140354/Toddler’s-parents-sue-Applebee’s-chain#ixzz1 (http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METR...http://detnews.com/article/20110414/METRO/104140354/Toddler%E2%80%99s-parents-sue-Applebee%E2%80%99s-chain#ixzz1)

There is a PDF of Police Report at the above link (it won't transfer via link).
Thank you for the link to the police report, Bette. The responding officer writes that he tested the drink with his PBT, and it registered .014. So there is a discrepancy. The amount of alcohol the child ingested, however, imho, is irrelevant because the manager admitted the bottle was mislabeled.

From what I gather from the report, a restaurant employee used an empty apple juice bottle to mix a batch of cocktails. The leftover portion remained in the bottle and was poured into the child's sippy cup followed by juice from a fresh bottle. I haven't been behind a bar in eons, but I do recall that it's a major no-no to store alcohol in an un-labelled container or one labelled with a different product. The restaurant is clearly at fault, and any suspicions of a misdeed by the parents should be put to rest. Thank goodness the child is all right. It could have turned out much worse.